Alan J. Goddard

November 6, 1948February 15, 2014
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Alan J. Goddard Age 65, was born on Nov. 6, 1948 in Greensburg, IN to Judge John W. and Mrs. Alice Goddard. Alan participated in many activities while growing up in Greensburg including: his church, Boy Scouts (Eagle), YMCA, and Life Guarding at the city pool. While attending Greensburg High he excelled in several athletics. He was Honorable Mention All Conference in football, and was noted as an excellent pitcher for the high school baseball team winning MVP for the Pirates. Alan attended Indiana University where he pledged Beta Theta Pi, obtained his Bachelors degree from Indiana State in Education and his Masters from Butler University. He did his student teaching at Wood High School in Indianapolis. His 34 year teaching career was in Wayne Township, first at Fulton Junior High and then at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center in Indianapolis. He taught social studies and world history while coaching baseball, football and wrestling. Alan’s acclaim in coaching wrestling brought him many honors and he was inducted into the IHSWCA Hall of Fame in 1994. He received the ISWA John Hurrle Award in 2001. He became the Ben Davis Head Wrestling coach. He was known throughout Indiana by coaches and athletes who all admired and respected his hard work and sense of humor. Alan was known for his sense of humanity and generosity and never hesitated to help a student who was in need. He was selected to Who’s Who Among American Teachers 3 times. Alan married Barbara Leininger in 1976. Barbara supported Alan’s coaching endeavors. Alan and Barbara loved traveling and led many tours for students to Europe. Alan participated in the ISWA exchanges with Japan and made 2 of the trips there. Alan died peacefully on February 15 at St. Vincent’s Hospital surrounded with his family and close friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and nephew, John S. Goddard. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; brothers Stephen G. (Cindy) and J. Philip; nephew Matthew (Melanie) Goddard; niece Melissa Day; 3 great-nieces; and 4 great nephews. Visitation will be 4-8pm Wed. Feb. 19 at Matthews Mortuary, Brownsburg. Funeral Services will be 12 noon Thurs. Feb. 20 at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home, Greensburg, with visitation there from 10am. Burial will be in South Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Indy West Wrestling Club c/o Brett Nabb, 10228 Corinth Way, Avon, IN 46123 or the Decatur County Family YMCA, 1301 Kathy’s Way, Greensburg, IN 47240. Online guestbook at


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 19, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, February 20, 2014
  • Funeral Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Simone Hamilton

November 13, 2014

I had Mr. Goddard as my social studies teacher back when I was a student at Fulton. I am now 26 years old and have thought many times how he was doing over the years as he was one of my favorite teachers. I loved his sense of humor. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing and sending condolences to all.

Joseph Soley

March 17, 2014

Barbara, I am deeply sad to hear about Coach's passing. I love you both. I will always remember our great times coaching together at Fulton Jr. High. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Thank you for my letter. I was shocked and still crying today about it.

Dana Whitten

February 26, 2014

Coach Goddard was so passionate in his endeavors. I've known him for many years but his biggest impact in my life was his coaching my boys at Indy West. I will be forever grateful that my boys were able to experience his coaching and the fruits of his labor in the coaching from others. I know their coaches were who they were because of Goddard's influence. I thank God for the opportunity CJ had to be neighbors at st. V. My condolences. Grief is hard I well continue praying for Mrs Goddard and their wrestling boys.

Marilyn Wilhoit

February 26, 2014

My deepest sympathies!!! Knew him in Greensburg - he graduated a year ahead of me.

Derrek, Darren and Dallas Pemberton

February 26, 2014

Mr. Goddard you were truly the best of the best as far as a friend, coach, teacher, role model, inspiration. It was a privilege sir. Thank you, D.Pemberton

Dale Hughes

February 26, 2014

The last few times I met with Al (at a watering hole, of course), he always said I needed to learn to relax and enjoy retirement! It has taken a while, but I am getting there! Happy to say I have spend many years working with Al and appreciate all he has done in life for a lot of people.

Bruce Baldwin

February 26, 2014

My condolences to brothers Steve and Phil and wife Barbara. I knew Alan since when we were both very young as neighbors in Greensburg. I am presently in Florida right now and am sorry I cannot make it back for his services and celebration of his life. Please know Steve, Phil and Barbara are in my thoughts and prayers. Bruce

Cyndy Webb

February 26, 2014

Barbara I'm so sorry for your loss and a great loss for the whole Ben Davis/ Westside community. I have the best memories and so many funny stories from high school and our trip to Europe! Alan was a mentor, father figure and friend to hundreds of kids. He will truly be missed!

Susan Lecher

February 26, 2014

Barb, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, Slick was such a loving and giving man that will be missed by many...

Mark Hirt

February 26, 2014

I always enjoyed our conversations,and respected your thoughts or opinions.I'm glad I got to know you.